But fears of civilian casualties could see the army renege on a commitment to disarm combatants.
Violence erupted in Kinshasa as Joseph Kabila allegedly angles for an illicit third term.
Nineteen NGOs have written to UN chief Ban Ki-moon to express concern over a new "robust" brigade to be deployed in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Thousands of Congolese soldiers and policemen have defected to the M23 rebels, as rebel leaders vowed to take control of all of the Congo.
As the trial of the Congolese rebel leader gets under way, political analysts will go into overdrive about what the case means for the DRC.
Brutalised villagers who fear they've nothing left to lose cry out for help.
President Joseph Kabila has called for a "moral revolution" in the DRC at ceremonies marking the 50th anniversary of the country's independence.
Ten years after fleeing war in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Muzungu Makoi says he is still haunted by the massacres and refuses to leave Zambia.